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Richard Pitt, Partner

Richard Pitt

Partner

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Public procurement

Practice notes

Richard Pitt is a Partner, Solicitor Advocate and leads the Commercial Dispute Resolution team in our Cardiff Office. Richard leads our national Public Procurement team and in particular he focuses on public procurement challenge litigation where he acts for a diverse range of clients within the Governments & Infrastructure sector.

Richard’s recent experience includes:-

  • Acting for the Department for Transport defending the Secretary of State For Transport in the 2019 Rail Franchise Litigation. The case related to the disqualification of several bidders within the East Midlands rail franchise, South Eastern rail franchise and the West Coast Partnership with franchise agreements worth circa £32bn in issue. The proceedings were the largest case in the Technology and Construction Court in 2019/20 an comprised 4 sets of claims in the TCC and 4 Judicial Review claims within the Administrative Court. Richard led the Eversheds-Sutherland legal team through all phases of the litigation from the assurance process for the disqualification decision through to trial where the DfT were successful. In addition to the lengthy and substantive trial judgement, the reported Court of Appeal judgment on the interim issue of limitation clarified the law on the time limits for bringing Francovich damages claims.
  • Defending Network Rail in a challenge brought to the award of a circa £1bn contract as part of the East Coast Mainline Digital Railway upgrade. The claim involved substantive challenges to the scores awarded and required a large team and project management to achieve a resolution within the directions timetable.
  • Defending Gloucestershire County Council in a claim brought against the award of an energy from waste contract which at over £600m was the largest contract ever let by the Council. The litigation was notable for the judgment which clarified the test for the court to apply when determining whether a Claimant is an economic operator for the purpose of being able to bring a claim within the meaning of the procurement regulations.
  • Acting for Network Rail defending a challenge brought by the incumbent in relation to the award of new framework agreements valued at £500m for the purchase of Switches & Crossings equipment in order to maintain the safe and efficient running of the rail network.
  • Acting for a major electricity utility defending a challenge by an incumbent provider to the award of a contract relating to the provision of high voltage power cables supplying construction projects within the UK national power supply network. The project was of critical importance to the ongoing development of the UK’s national power network.

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